Scott Rutledge
Scott Rutledge
Dean of the College of Health and Professor of Social Work


Room:HB 214

About Scott Edward Rutledge

Scott Edward Rutledge, Ph.D, M.S.W., has been serving as Dean of Ball State University’s College of Health since July 1, 2021. Opened in 2016, the college offers more than 30 health-related degrees to about 3,100 students by 220 faculty and staff and operates several research centers and laboratories. In addition, the college provides health services for the greater Muncie area through its Interprofessional Community Clinics. In 2019, the College of Health finished construction of a $62.5 million Health Professions Building, bringing faculty, staff, students, and the community together in a state-of-the-art learning environment.

Dean Rutledge’s research portfolio includes developing HIV prevention interventions, studying AIDS stigma in the U.S. and the Caribbean, and exploring health disparities among racial and sexual minorities. In addition to his published work, he has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on over $5 million in research funding.

He previously held senior faculty and leadership positions at Temple University and Florida State University. He earned an Outstanding Faculty Service Award from Temple University and an Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research/ National Institute of Health Summer Institute Fellowship. Aside from his academic experience, Rutledge held professional social work roles as a Child Welfare Supervisor, HIV/AIDS Services Community Planning Facilitator, and HIV Prevention Counselor. He was an NIMH predoctoral trainee in Prevention Science at the University of Washington where he was also a Warren G. Magnuson Health Sciences Scholar and was awarded a Social Sciences Dissertation Fellowship.


  • PH. D., SOCIAL WELFARE, 2002
    University of Washington
    University of Iowa
    Marycrest College

Recent Research and Publications

  • Jemmott III, J.B., Zhang, J. Croom, M., Icard, L.D., Rutledge, S.E., & O’Leary, A. (2019.) Barriers and facilitators to engaging African American men who have sex with men in the HIV-care continuum: A theory-based qualitative study. Journal of Nurses in AIDS Care.
  • Zhang, J., O’Leary, A., Jemmott III, J., Icard, L.D. & Rutledge, S.E. (2019). Syndemic conditions predict lower levels of physical activity among African American men who have sex with men: A prospective survey study.
  • Icard, L.D., Zhang, J., Jemmott, J.B., Sandfort, G.M., Rutledge, S.E., Van Greunen, D., & Martinez, O. (2018). The effects of three types of sexual orientation victimization on HIV sexual risk behavior among black South African men who have sex with men (MSM). Journal of Homosexuality.
  • Rutledge, S.E., Jemmott III, J., O’Leary, A., & Icard, L.D. (2018). What’s in an identity label? Correlates of sociodemographics, psychosocial characteristics, and sexual behavior among African American men who have sex with men. Archives of Sexual Behavior.
  • Levine, E.C., Martinez, O., Mattera, B., Wu, E., Arreola, S., Rutledge, S.E., Newman, B., Icard, L., Muñoz-Laboy, M., Hausmann-Stabile, C., Welles, S., Rhodes, S.D., Dodge, B.M., Alfonso, S., Fernandez, M.I., & Carballo-Diéguez, A. (2018). Child sexual abuse and adult mental health, sexual risk behaviors, and drinking patterns among Latino men who have sex with men. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse.
  • Icard, L. D., Fagan, J., Lee, Y. & Rutledge, S. E. (2014), Father's involvement in the lives of children in foster care. Child & Family Social Work.